Scott J. Shackelford


Professor Scott J. Shackelford is a national fellow for the academic year 2014-15 at the Hoover Institution. He serves on the faculty of Indiana University where he teaches cybersecurity law and policy, sustainability, and international business law among other courses, and is a senior fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. A graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of Cambridge, he has written more than forty articles, essays, and book chapters as well as two books including Managing Cyber Attacks in International Law, Business, and Relations: In Search of Cyber Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Professor Shackelford has also written op-eds on the topic of cybersecurity that have been published in the Huffington PostWashington Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his research has been covered by National Public RadioThe Atlantic Wire, and USA Today. Both Professor Shackelford’s academic work and teaching have been recognized with awards, including the 2014 Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award and a 2013 Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Fellowship.

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Analysis and Commentary

On Climate Change And Cyber Attacks

by Scott J. Shackelford via Huffington Post
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It is difficult to think of two issues with a greater potential to negatively impact both our environment and the global economy than climate change and cyber attacks.

Analysis and Commentary

Seeking A Safe Harbor In A Widening Sea

by Scott J. Shackelford via Huffington Post
Thursday, November 5, 2015

In a move that could cost the EU up to 1.3 percent of its gross domestic product, according to the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, on Oct. 6 the European Court of Justice invalidated the 15-year old EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, causing some consternation among the more than 5,000 European and U.S. firms that rely on the Agreement to transfer EU data to U.S. servers.

Analysis and Commentary

Understanding Cybersecurity Due Diligence

by Scott J. Shackelford via Huffington Post
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rarely does a day go by in which some variety of cyber attack is not front-page news. From Ashley Madison and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to Sony, Saudi Aramco, and the Ukraine crisis, cybersecurity is increasingly taking center stage in diverse arenas of geopolitics, international economics, security, and law.

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Analysis and Commentary

Spotlight On Cyber V: Back To The Future Of Internet Governance?

by Scott J. Shackelford , Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Oti, Jaclyn A. Kerr, Elaine Korzak, Andreas Kuehnvia Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Thursday, June 25, 2015
In that seminal 1980s Hollywood picture, Back to the Future: Part II, the characters travel to the future from 1985 to a then distant 2015 replete with flying cars, hover boards, and instant pizza.
Analysis and Commentary

Sustainable Cybersecurity

by Scott J. Shackelford via Huffington Post
Friday, April 3, 2015

The environmental situation facing many nations in the mid-to-late 20th century was bleak. Industrial waste caused the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland to catch fire in 1969. The Rhine River was long one of the most polluted waterways in Europe, similarly catching fire in 1986.

Analysis and Commentary

After High-Profile Hacks, It's Time For A Bolder Approach To Cybersecurity

by Scott J. Shackelford via Christian Science Monitor
Friday, February 27, 2015

Among the lessons from the Sony hack was that conventional cybersecurity measures don't always stop intruders. What more corporations need to apply is an active defense to better understand and stop future threats.